MLS Regular Season
Week 13 gave us another batch of stupendous saves and we need your help to determine the best of the best.
Can Crew defender Kevan George pip the four other goalkeepers vying for this week's Save of the Week award?
Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas), Tall Hall (Houston Dynamo) and Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) all made some big stops to help their teams earn massive results, while Seattle's Michael Gspurning makes his case for a consolation prize after the 4-0 whitewashing at the hands of the LA Galaxy.
Here's where you come in. Make your pick in the poll at right. Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday.
Check out complete Save of the Week coverage — including a full archive of 2013 winners.
Dynamo striker Will Bruin has been nominated to be one of MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 performers for the month of May after scoring two goals and setting up three others for his teammates.
You can vote for Bruin to the right, or by clicking here!
Who were the Top 3 performers of the Month (May)?
Will Bruin (HOU) – 2 goals, 3 assists in 5 games*
Marco Di Vaio (MTL) – 5 goals in 4 games*
Diego Fagundez (NE) – 3 goals in 5 games
Thierry Henry (NY) – 3 goals in 4 games
Clint Irwin (COL) – 0.25 GAA, 18 saves in 4 games
Eddie Johnson (SEA) – 3 goals, 1 assist in 5 games*
Jack McInerney (PHI) – 3 goals in 5 games
Donovan Ricketts (POR) – 0.60 GAA, 15 saves in 5 games
Luis Robles (NY) – 0.80 GAA, 13 saves in 5 games
Rodney Wallace (POR) – 2 goals, 2 assists in 5 games
Graham Zusi (SKC) – 1 goal, 2 assists in 5 games*
Poll closes May 30th, 7pm CT
*Won Player of the Week during May
36' - Hall drops low to tip away Zusi header
76' - Hall tips Kamara header over crossbar
Just two weeks after ending the Houston Dynamo’s long home undefeated run, Sporting Kansas City now play host when the Eastern Conference clubs face off Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park before an NBC Sports Network audience. Sporting return home off a two-game road trip that ended with a 1-1 draw at D.C. United last weekend. The Dynamo are coming off a second consecutive home loss, this time a 2-0 reverse by the New England Revolution.
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Clark, Brunner, Ashe; Davis, Moffat, Barnes; Boniek, Bruin, Driver
Subs: Deric, Arena, Chabala, Creavalle, Camargo, Ching, Johnson
Sporting KC: Nielsen; Jerome, Opara, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Rosell, Joseph; Peterson, Bieler, Zusi
Subs: Kronberg, Myers, Olum, Gardner, Lopez, Thomas, Kamara
Dominic Kinnear, Will Bruin and Corey Ashe look at Sunday's matchup against Sporting Kansas City, the growing rivalry between the two clubs and how that will transfer to the game on the field.
CSN Houston's Sara Eckert breaks down Jermaine Taylor's injury and what it means for the Houston Dynamo.
It's always interesting to see the Twitter reaction when a new player is invited into a national team camp. No one is shy to voice their opinion and there are no shortage of opinions being voiced. So on Thursday, with the announcement that Corey Ashe has been added to the U.S. men's national team roster for its upcoming game against Belgium, it's no surprise that Twitter was the place to be for instant analysis. Here are just a few snippets from the Twitterverse
About time Corey Ashe got a call-up. Well done. #DomKinnearSoccerFactory
— Matthew T (@shinguardian) May 23, 2013
YES. Great decision by Klinsmann. Congrats to @coreyashe on his call-up. I've seen him as a top LB in MLS this year. Very consistent.
— Jonathan Yardley (@jtyardley) May 23, 2013
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) May 23, 2013
Corey Ashe added to #USMNT roster. Long overdue for a look at left back.
— Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) May 23, 2013
So while many seem to agree that Ashe's call-up in long overdue, one has to ask: Why now? Well according to US Soccer, the squad will be without left backs Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson for the match against Belgium as both players are still with their club teams. That leaves DaMarcus Beasley as the only "true" left back option for Klinsmann's squad. So with a void at the left back position (one that has plagued US Soccer for quite some time) Klinsmann turned to MLS and a player who made a seamless transition to the position just over two years ago.
Dominic Kinnear initially switched Ashe to left back to mark former Red Bulls striker Dane Richards. Former Red Bulls manager Hans Backe thought so highly of the speedy defender that he selected him to his MLS All-Star team to help neutralize Manchester United winger Nani. Two years later, Ashe finds himself with the opportunity to earn his first national team cap against a squad with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini.
According to Opta, the official stats provider for Major League Soccer, in 2012, Ashe completed 784 passes in the opposition's half, good for second among MLS defenders. He also attempted 331 passes in the opposition's final third (third best among MLS defenders), as he learned to adjust between the 4-4-2 and the 4-3-3 that the Dynamo played in 2012. So even though Ashe made the transition from midfielder to defender, he has consistently looked to aid the Dynamo attack, a trait that has caught the attention of Klinsmann.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Would you like to see a USMNT back line featuring former teammates Geoff Cameron and Corey Ashe? Do you think Ashe has what it takes to stick with the national team? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Dynamo broadcast Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, Dynamo president Chris Canetti, Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen as well as assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin. Davis will also chat with Nigerian national team head coach Stephen Keshi about his team's upcoming match against Mexico at Reliant Stadium.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.